The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

WJ24 BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design (3 yrs)

Fashion & Textile Design offers exciting opportunities in fashion design, knitwear for fashion, woven textiles and printed textiles.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Fashion & Textile Design and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Overview

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We value our strong links with industry that ensures we are up-to-date with the current industry needs and have the latest studio production equipment with state-of-the-art facilities that deliver the very best studio based teaching. Our dedicated studios are fully-equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge machinery and accessories such as a Mimaki digital printer, laser cutter, wallpaper printer, Shima Seiki and Dubied knit machines, jacquard loom, hand and computerised looms. Our students are also able to attend London-based shows and exhibitions including Free Range, Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers.

We are very proud that our graduates have a long history of employability achieving notable success across the fashion and textile industry, working with companies such as Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Liberty's, Chloé, Peter Jensen, Rachel Rowberry, Jenny Packham, Kath Kidston, Cole & Sons, Idaho Design, Mud Pie, Erdem, i-D magazine, Griffin Clothing, Arcadia Group, Urban Outfitters, Net-A-Porter and others.

In the first year a series of creative projects, workshops, seminars, lectures and study trips will expand your knowledge and understanding of the broad areas of fashion and textiles. They will give you the practical and intellectual skills that will underpin your chosen specialist pathway in your second year.

View the programme specification document for this course

Programme Structure

- option modules in Art of Marketing & Branding, Business for the Creative Industries, Design Futures, Visual Culture and Writing for the Creative Industries
- all staff have fashion and textile industry experience and are practising professionals
- timetabled lectures, seminars, one to one and group tutorials and specialist workshops
- industry-linked projects, competitions and events

Key Facts

 

  • 97% student satisfaction with the course overall (NSS 2014)

 

 

  • 92% of student satisfied with the teaching on the course (NSS 2014)

 

 

  • 96% of students satisfied with the academic support they received (NSS 2014)

 

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Lucy McCann
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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

 

Grades BBB, including an art/design based subject

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate30 points including 16 at a higher level      
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)

Pass

BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design

DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit)

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Contact us for further information.

Selection process:
Intake:
100
Average applications per place:
6

Applications should be made via UCAS. Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements will be invited to attend an individual portfolio interview. We will conduct portfolio interviews from December onwards.

Application deadline: 15 January. Early applications are welcomed.

For the most up-to-date admission information, please check the UCAS website.

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

 

International / EU applicants

English Language requirements

International and EU students must also comply with the University of Southampton's English language entry requirement for this course, which is to achieve IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. Please see English language entry requirements for further details of English tests that we accept.

If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements for direct entry onto any of our BA programmes, you could be eligible to study on one of the University’s English language pre-sessional programmes at the Centre for Language Studies. For more information please visit Winchester School of Art Undergraduate Pre-sessional Programmes.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

You study a range of compulsory modules throughout the three years, with career-focused option modules in levels two and three.

Year 1

In Year 1, through optional workshop inductions, you will be introduced to a range of practical skills and media relevant to the four subjects within the programme: Fashion Design, Knitwear, Printed Textiles and Woven Textiles. The Research and Communication Skills module will equip you for the assignments at this level and throughout your studies. The programme focuses on working towards practical output through projects and workshops set by your tutors. You will also begin to engage with the contexts and the debates in contemporary art and design through the Contemporary Issues module.

The broad range of skills and experience offered at level one will provide you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to select specialism for level two and three. The choice of specialism will be your decision and you will be guided by your tutors. You will also be offered support when choosing a career-orientated option module for level two and three.

Semester One

You study two compulsory modules to you study two core modules.

Core
ARTD1095
Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Portfolio
ARTD1097
Research and Communication Skills: FTD
Semester Two

You study two compulsory modules to you study two core modules.

Core
ARTD1094
Contemporary Issues for Fashion and Textile Design
ARTD1096
Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Skills

Year 2

By Year 2 you will have established a broader appreciation of a range of practical skills and an understanding of what informs and contextualises ideas and practices in fashion and textiles. You will now be encouraged to explore and experiment, speculate and test your ideas with the aim of developing your own informed, skilled, independent practice.

The progression from Year 1 is demonstrated in Year 2 by increasingly developing your own independent ideas in respect to themes of interest and projects. You will work within and focus your work according to the practices consistent with your specialism.  You study a career-orientated option module designed to enable you to tailor your programme to suit your choice of career path. For example, you may choose to study Business for the Creative Industries to prepare yourself for a career as a freelance Fashion or Textile Designer following graduation. Your choice of career-orientated option module in Year 2 will require you to study the same option module in Year 3.

Student exchanges enable you to develop your understanding from different cultural and professional viewpoints while developing the independent learning skills required to progress to part three.

Semester Two

You study two core modules.

In part 2 Students may opt to take part in a study exchange to another institution or a placement in the workplace. If confirmed students will be transferred from ARTD2095 Specialise Practice and Research for Fashion Textile Design to either ARTD2097 Study Exchange for Fashion Textile Design module or ARTD2105 Industry Placement for Fashion Textile Design module.

Core
ARTD2094
Reflective Journal 2 for Fashion & Textile Design
ARTD2095
Specialist Practice and Research for Fashion & Textile Design
ARTD2097
Study Exchange for Fashion & Textile Design
ARTD2105
Industry Placement for Fashion & Textile Design

Year 3

In Year 3, students explore their subject and specific area of interest in depth, utilising their skills to produce increasingly sophisticated pieces of work that communicate their ideas through to the graduate shows. Where Year 2 encourages diverse experimentation and a challenging approach to thinking and ideas, in Year 3 you will utilise your skills to produce more refined final outcomes that communicate ideas effectively. You will also be able to apply your career-focused skills to a level which will enable you to be in a strong position to follow your ambitions upon graduation.

Semester One

You study one core module and continue with the option module you chose in Year 2.

Core
ARTD3062
Professional Practice for Fashion & Textile Design
Optional
ARTD3033
Art of Marketing and Branding

ARTD3031 is not running for 2016/2017

ARTD3031
Visual Culture
ARTD3036
Design Futures
ARTD3050
Writing to Publication
ARTD3053
Business for the Creative Industries
Semester Two

You study two compulsory modules.

Core
ARTD 3040
Final Major Project: Fashion & Textile Design
ARTD3054
Reflective Journal 3 for Fashion & Textile Design

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.).
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts and reading lists these should generally be available in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentArt equipment and materials: Drawing paper, painting materials, sketchbooks, portfolio, etc. (see specific FTD Equipment lists) Some protective equipment as well as art/design material is supplied by the University. Students will work with various materials as suited to their individual projects. These materials will be sourced and purchased by the students themselves.
EquipmentFashion equipment and materials: Fabric, material, thread, pattern master ruler, scissors etc. (see specific FTD Equipment list for Fashion and Knitwear) Some protective equipment as well as art/design material is supplied by the University. Students will work with various materials as suited to their individual projects. These materials will be sourced and purchased by the students themselves.
EquipmentTextiles equipment and materials: fabrics, paper, yarns, etc. (see specific FTD Equipment lists for Textiles) Some protective equipment as well as art/design material is supplied by the University. Students will work with various materials as suited to their individual projects. These materials will be sourced and purchased by the students themselves.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. Practice based projects require printing and photocopying in order to present research, development and present outcomes. These costs vary from student to student and project to project. A list of the University printing costs can be found on the University Website. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
PlacementsIndustry placements and study exchanges: Information on costs associated with Industry Placements and Study Exchanges can be found in the FTD Industry Placement Handbook. The costs for accommodation, insurance, travel costs etc. will depend upon the destination and other variables
OtherOptional visits (e.g. museums, galleries): Some modules may include optional visits to museums, galleries, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
TravelThe Student’s Union provide a mini free bus service which runs every two hours between the Winchester Campus and the Highfield Campus. Students are responsible for all other daily travel expenses.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Our strong links within this industry ensure we are up-to-date with current industry needs. Our students develop a strong understanding of what is expected from employers in this area of work and we are proud that our graduates have a long history of employability.

Career areas in the Fashion and Textiles industry include: Design, Creative Direction, Buying, Styling, Trend Prediction, Visual Merchandising and Journalism. Fashion and Textile Design Studies would suit anyone wishing to develop opportunities within these areas, either on their own or within an organisation.

Verity Pemberton, BA Fashion and Textile Design graduate said:

“After I graduated with a specialism in womenswear, I went on to a paid placement at Mulberry as part of my prize for winning the Mulberry Accessory Award.

After this I did a three-month paid placement at Orla Kiely. Whilst I was there I also made some of Florence and the Machine’s tour outfits as well as some costumes for the video to her song Dog Day, assisting Aldene Johnson in its styling.

After my placement at Orla Kiely, I worked with the embroiderer Karen Nichols on a project for Clements Riberio. I am now working at Urban Outfitters as an Assistant Designer on womenswear, although I also design accessories, underwear and prints.

I really enjoyed my time at Winchester...the crits made me look at my designs in a different way that helped me to execute my collection for the better. I also received excellent technical support with some of the more technical aspects of my collection. I really enjoyed the fact that I studied away from London as the campus is a lot friendlier and you really get to know everyone.”

Learning & Assessment

  • Seminars
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Group critiques and reviews 
  • Optional study visits
  • Workshops and demonstrations
  • Library sessions
  • Independent practice

Pathways

Pathways

In Year 1 you will have the opportunity to experiment with ideas and ways of working that underpin Fashion and Textile Design. At the end of Semester One in Year 1, informed by this experience, you will be asked to select the specialist pathway you will focus on.

Fashion design

Fashion Design will allow you to test and explore your interest through studio-based activities and workshops in our specialist sample rooms. Our projects will challenge your thinking and enhance your understanding of this continuously-evolving area. You will learn flat-pattern cutting and draping, as well drawing and illustrations. You will also develop a portfolio of your work that will demonstrate your strengths and understanding of this dynamic subject.

Knitwear for fashion

Knitwear for Fashion will give you specialist teaching supported by state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated studios that are fully-equipped with single and double bed knitting machines, linkers and computerised Shima Seiki knit machines across three gauges. You will be able to explore your ideas, develop the technical skills needed to be a knitwear designer, and build a portfolio of your designs demonstrating your creative abilities and commercial understanding of the industry.

Printed textiles

Printed Textiles will enable you to explore your ideas across a variety of techniques and formats including dyeing, screen-printing by hand, CAD for textile design, and digital printers for fabric or paper. You will be encouraged to look at textiles for interiors and fashion applications, foiling, flocking, discharge printing and devoré.

Woven textiles

Woven Textiles encourages you to critically explore weave through a combination of new technologies and hand processes. You will gain skills working with hand looms, computerised looms and get access to our state-of-the-art jacquard loom. You can also master the complexities of weave through technical workshops and demonstrations covering yarn technology through to jacquard design. You can take part in industry-linked projects in fashion, interiors and architecture as well as gain the skills needed to identify and anticipate emerging trends.

Study Locations

Winchester campus

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